#BlueStarBrief May 2021

This Month in the #BlueStarBrief

EU Proposes New Regulation of Foreign State Subsidies

Will Cryptocurrency Promote Financial Inclusion?

Analysis of President Biden's First 100 Days

Voice of America's Russian Language Service

Welcome Will Kinsman to the firm!

EU Proposes New Regulation on Foreign State Subsidies

On May 5th, 2021, the European Commission released a proposal for a new regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market. The legal document is the latest step in a process initiated last summer—and is the European Union’s latest attempt to weather rising geopolitical tensions without jettisoning Europe’s economic openness.

Click here to read.

Will Cryptocurrency Promote Financial Inclusion?

By Karen A. Tramontano

Cryptocurrency has far exceeded expectations in its proliferation and value over the past decade and change. But is cryptocurrency truly the great innovation its evangelists claim? Will it reach the unreachable, bank the unbanked, and promote financial inclusion while bypassing bureaucracy, entrenched interests, and corruption? I say not yet, and maybe not ever.

Click here to read.

Analysis of Biden Administration's First 100 Days

Karen Tramontano spoke on President Biden's First 100 Days at a virtual event hosted by the French-American Foundation—France. Click here to watch.

Karen also co-anchored the State of Play weekly television show focusing on the Biden Administration's First 100 Days. Click here to watch.

State of Play airs weekly every Saturday and Sunday at noon on Black News Channel and can be viewed on its YouTube channel here. For news and updates, follow State of Play here.


Doug Campbell Speaks with Voice of America

Doug Campbell spoke with Voice of America's Russian language channel about security at the U.S. Capitol for President Biden's address to the joint session of Congress.

Click here to watch (Doug speaks at 26:36; Russian language translation).

Welcome Will Kinsman as Associate

We are excited to welcome Will Kinsman to the firm as Associate where he will work on client issues across the firm’s domestic and European portfolios.

Will’s previous experience includes positions with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) and Civil.GE, an online publication focused on civil society in the Republic of Georgia. Previously, Will participated in a Georgian language immersion program in Tbilisi, Georgia where he traveled the country documenting Georgia’s architectural heritage and tradition of Mosaic work.

Will received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.


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